New Hampshire’s Kid Governor® (NHKG) is a national award-winning civics program, which immerses students in learning about state government, elections and voting, and civic participation through a real-life election for their state’s Kid Governor. The program is led by NH Civics and the NH Institute of Politics. It is a state affiliate of Kid Governor®, an award-winning civics program created by the Connecticut Democracy Center. Visit the national Kid Governor® site here.
Timed to coincide with Election Day in November, NHKG is an annual program that offers schools the opportunity to enter one student candidate into a statewide election that other 5th graders vote in. Classes can vote in the election, nominate a classmate to run for office, or both! Toolkits consisting of free, custom-designed lesson plans guide classroom teachers through the program and teach students about state government in their state, the history and process of voting, and active participation in civic life.
Watch this short video for further information about the program:
The New Hampshire Kid Governor program and our 2021 and 2022 Kid Governors were featured on The State We're In.
Watch the 2022 inauguration and find out more about Kid Governor Charlotte Cotti's platform: Helping the Homeless in NH. *Note -the event starts about 10 minutes into the program.
Watch the 2021 inauguration and find out more about Kid Governor Olsen's platform: childhood depression.
"In March, after the COVID lockdown...we were separated and isolated from our friends...my doctor diagnosed me with situational depression...you don't have to do this alone!"
The Toolkit for Classes and Nominating a Candidate and Voting * is for classes/schools that will nominating a student for consideration in the 2020 Statewide Election (one nominee per school). The toolkit includes lessons about New Hampshire's three branches of government, the role of the governor, the history and process of voting, leadership, identifying and researching important community issues, developing campaign platforms and speeches, filming your nominee’s campaign video, and analyzing campaign videos.
The Toolkit for Voting-Only Classes * is for classes/schools that will only be voting in the Statewide Election (not nominating a student). This Toolkit is a condensed version of the Toolkit for Classes Nominating a Candidate and Voting and includes lessons about New Hampshire’s three branches of government, the role of the governor, this history and process of voting, leadership, and analyzing campaign videos.
Suzy is collecting stories about how more outdoor learning time has affected students in a positive way while attending hybrid or full time in person learning. Her plan is to present the stories to NH legislators.
Lola Gianelli’s farewell speech at Suzy Brand’s inauguration speaks volumes to the power of this program. As NH’s first Kid Governor, Lola worked hard to promote the program and her platform. We are so proud of Lola’s work!
"My kids and I have so enjoyed Suzy's videos and the online lessons. Thank you so much for all you have done to make this easier for us and our students. My kids absolutely love being a part of this!"
- NH's Kid Governor teacher Danielle Devoid 2020
Please contact us with any questions you may have about any of our programs or would like additional information.